Nature Nurtures Approach
The Nature Nurtures Approach to early years education is influenced by:
- A progressive education model: that prepares children for “active participation in a democratic society, in the context of a child-centered environment, and with an enduring commitment to social justice” Tom Little.
- The philosophies of Scandinavian and German Kindergartens which respect the importance of outdoor experience for exploration, learning and development.
- Steiner’s emphasis on creative play, social interaction and the awe and wonder of nature.
- Respect: we promote respect for the child by viewing them as a competent individual in need of secure relationships, consistency, challenge and risk, autonomy, time to play without interruption and freedom to explore their world.
You can find more information about respect at rie.org, janetlansbury.com, deborahcarlislesolomon.com, visiblechild.com